August, last year, I had gone to visit my sisters in Dubai. It was a long pending visit. Getting to manage a sizeable vacation was quite a task. Even though my boss had been sweet enough to grant me the leave for as long as I had wished to, it became my responsibility to return early. The sense of duty and gratitude that I couldn’t have denied.
I was very excited to meet the kids and also to have stepped onto the shopping paradise of the world, the land of myths and mysticity and of course the Burj! I didn’t quite feel the heat even though the temperature was soaring each day. It felt like much less due to ultra air conditioning wrapped all over the country. That was much expected though from the country that has had part of its beach line air conditioned, something I haven't quite approved of. But that's some story altogether.
A few days later I arrived, we had an unplanned trip to Jumeirah sea beach which was quite near to my sister’s house. It was around sun down time and the month of Ramadan. The heat had begun to subside to the most beautiful of evenings and an evening that I am going to cherish forever.
The Palm Jumeirah is in the shape of a palm tree. It consists of a trunk, a crown with 16 fronds, and a surrounding crescent island that forms an 11 kilometre long breakwater. The island is 5 kilometres by 5 kilometres and its total area is larger than 800 football pitches! Each of the islands (Palm Jumeirah, Palm Jebel Ali, and Palm Deira) are being built in the shape of a date palm tree and consist of a trunk, a crown with fronds, and are surrounded by a crescent island that acts as a breakwater. The islands will support luxury hotels, freehold residential villas, unique water homes, shoreline apartments, marinas, water theme parks, restaurants, shopping malls, sports facilities, health spas, cinemas and various diving sites. The Palm Islands is also the self-declared 'Eighth Wonder of the World'.
The sea was virgin blue and the surrounding was most beautiful! The beauty could be felt even in the ambiance and the craze could be felt by the number of visitors who gathered there even in an ordinary day like that one. The mesmerizing breaking waves, the just beginning to cool down breeze and the congenial visitors – all made the evening beautifully poised and timeless. My niece and I had a nice walk through the long tracks that they have around the beach line for the marathoners, walkers, cyclers while my nephew enjoyed his favorite swinging session.
The sun went into oblivion leaving us awestruck at the suddenness and we woke up to some wonderful beach lightings! All color, light and design - It was marvelously done! The evening soon came to an end and we had to return. I kept looking back at the sea as we walked up to the car with one promise – a promise to visit Jumeirah again, soon.